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Haviah Mighty Wins Polaris Music Prize 2019

image from celebrityaccess.comHaviah Mighty has won the Polaris Music Prize 2019 for her album "13th Floor."  The Prize, which was presented in Toronto by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation.

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5 Big Takeaways From Americanafest 2019

image from americanamusic.orgAmericanafest 2019 is a wrap. Thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans descended on Nashville for a four-day conference, an awards show filled with great music and short speeches alongside more than 500 official and countless unofficial showcases. 

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Cardi B Tops 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards With 10 Nominations

image from celebrityaccess.com“Please Me” rapper Cardi B led the charge for the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards nominations, with a total of nine nods. Cardi’s extensive list of nominations includes picks for MVP of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Best Collabo, Single of the Year, Made-You-Look Award, and two nods for the Best Hip-Hop Video, & Sweet 16 categories.

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Americana Music Awards Full List Of Winners 2019

image from concertedefforts.comThe Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer.

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The Industry's Best Latin Music Conferences

3As in many businesses, music industry conferences are a go-to for meeting like minded folks and growing your network of contacts, and if you feel like you're falling behind on one of the fastest growing genres in the music industry, these top Latin music conferences could be for you!

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IEBA Names 2019 Industry Awards Nominees

image from musicrow.comThe International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) has named the 2019 nominees for its Industry Awards to be presented at the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Oct. 29th during IEBA’s 49th Annual Conference in Nashville.

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Forbes Names Berklee, Julliard, NYU Top Colleges For Alumni Success in Entertainment

Berklee_collegeofmusicNYU, Julliard, and Berklee were the top three on a new Forbes list of the top 15 schools in the U.S. that produce alumni who have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry.

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Full List Of MTV VMA Winners and Nominees 2019

image from mtv.mtvnimages.comLast night, the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Cardi B won for Best Hip Hop, Ariana Grande won multiples and two heartfelt speeches from “You Need To Calm Down” collaborators Todrick Hall and Taylor Swift brought down the house as they picked up Video for Good and Video of the Year.  That's just the start.

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Last Day To Vote On SXSW PanelPicker, Including Our Data Driven Touring Panel

image from cdn.smehost.netFriday is the last day to cast your vote using the SXSW PanelPicker to help choose which panels should be presented at SXSW 2020. Check out all the great panels and consider giving our own SMART TOURING: GUIDE BOOKING + MARKETING WITH DATA a thumbs up.

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We Need Your Vote! Help Us Present SMART TOURING: How To Guide Booking, Marketing With Data at SXSW 2020

image from cdn.smehost.netThe SXSW PanelPicker is open for just a few more days to help choose which panels should be presented at SXSW 2020 and we'd need your vote. Please consider giving our panel SMART TOURING: GUIDE BOOKING + MARKETING WITH DATA a thumbs up now.

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AMERICANAFEST Announces Conference Lineup

image from americanamusic.orgThe Americana Music Association just announced its initial lineup of panels and events for this year's AMERICANAFEST, and its shaping up to be a very special week of music and networking. Here is a glimpse of what's in store at conference HQ at The Westin Nashville on Sept. 11-13.

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Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton, More To Receive Americana Lifetime Achievement Honors

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Americana Music Association will honor Elvis Costello, Maria Muldaur, Delbert McClinton and the husband and wife songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the organization’s annual awards show next month.

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You Have To Be There: 10 Essential Music Business Conferences For 2019

1While early season festivals like SXSW tend to get the most airtime, the second half of the year is chock full with a variety of incredible conferences for those steeped in major music industry happenings. Here Angela Mastrogiacomo looks  at ten that are essential to attend.

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Portia Sabin Named President Music Business Association

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Music Business Association (Music Biz) has named respected industry veteran Dr. Portia Sabin as President. The trade group advocates on behalf of the music industry.

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker Voting Is Open

image from cdn.smehost.netYour votes can help choose which panels should grace the stage at SXSW 2020. Voting now will help keep your favorites near the top of the list.

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MTV Names VMA 2019 Nominees - The Complete List

VMA_SebastianManiscalco_MTV has unveiled the nominations for the 2019 VMAs. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead with 10 nods each in categories including, “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop.” Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X led the “Best New Artist” nominees.

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker: Just 3 Days Left To Submit

Sxsw-2019The deadline to submit proposals to the SXSW PanelPicker is this Friday. July 19th. This online process gives attendees a voice in conference programming including presentations, panels and at SXSW. Competition is fierce with 6100 proposals submitted in 2018.

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker Opens: Just 10 Days Left To Submit

The SXSW PanelPicker is officially open to accept proposals. The two-step online process gives attendees a voice in conference programming including presentations, panels and at SXSW. Competition is fierce with 6100 proposals submitted in 2018.

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A Playlist Is Not A Marketing Plan: The 4 Ingredients Of A Great Music Business Conference Panel

1In this piece, Glenn Peoples breaks down the recent panel at this year's Music Biz conference titled "A Playlist is Not a Marketing Plan" aimed at reeducating artists away from their mono-maniacal need to get placed on a playlist.

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Grammy Awards Announce New 2020 Deadlines and Dates

Grammy_logoThe Recording Academy has announced new deadlines and dates for the 2020 62nd Annual Grammy Awards and Grammy Week events. Nominations will now be announced in all 84 categories on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

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A2IM Libera Indie Music Awards 2019 - Full Winners List

image from celebrityaccess.comCountry-folk legend John Prine took top honors at the A2IM 2019 Libera Awards, winning the awards for Best American Roots/Folk Album and Best Country/Americana Album for The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy Records).

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Full List Of BET Award Winners 2019: Cardi, Childish, Beyonce, Bruno and More

image from celebrityaccess.comCardi B was the big winner at Sunday night's 2019 BET Awards. Hosted by Regina Hall, the ceremony aired live from the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

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At A2IM's Indie Week? Join Us For Streaming Manipulation: The Ethics of Streaming

image from www.a2im.orgA2IM's Indie Week is taking over New York City and I'm in town to be part of the Streaming Manipulation: The Ethics of Streaming panel on Tuesday. Here are my (much smarter that I am) fellow panelists and all the details.

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Musicians: Getting The Most Out Of A Podcast Interview

1As journalists seek out new ways to introduce music to the listening public, many have turned to podcasting. A less formal and often more in depth way of interviewing artists than traditional radio. While certainly a good promotional opportunity for artists, there are some things you should keep in mind before entering the studio.

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Bandsintown, CMT Partner To Drive Artist Discovery During CMT Music Awards Week

image from i.ticketweb.comBandsintown has again partnered with CMT to help music fans discover rising country artists in the run up to the CMT Music Awards, this Wednesday June 5th in Nashville. CMT Music Awards Week is taking over Nashville with free performances spotlighting the best up-and-coming artists in country music.

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Will I See You In NYC At A2IM Indie Week June 17-20?

image from www.a2im.orgUPDATED: American Association Of Independent Music's annual Indie Week invades New York City on June 17 - 20. The usually very smart team at A2IM have foolishly invited me to participate on a panel titled Streaming Manipulation "The Ethics of Streaming." I hope to see you there.

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Midem Adds Marsha Vlasic , Rebecca León Keynotes

image from celebrityaccess.comMidem has added keynotes with Rebeca León, themanager of  Juanes, Rosalía, J. Balvin and Marsha Vlasic, agent to Neil Young, Elvis Costello, PJ Harvey for its 53rd conference, June 4-7 in Cannes.

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Eurovision To Bring Its Weird, Wonderful Song Contest To North America

image from celebrityaccess.comThe successful and weird phenomenon known as the Eurovision Song Contest reportedly will see a North American version in the near future. The song competition, which pits European countries and others including Israel and Australia, against each other for the campiest song possible, could launch in the U.S. in 2021.

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Americana Music Awards Nominations 2019: Women Take Center Stage [FULL LIST]

AMERICANAThe Americana Music Association has named nominees for its 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards. Women dominated the 2019 nods with Brandi Carlisle Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples among the nominated.

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Midemlab Offers Look At Music Tech's Best New Startups

Midemlab logoGlobal music industry convention MIDEM has named its 2019 Midemlab nominees. Designed to honor the 20 best new music tech startups, Midemlab 2019 received 177 submissions from 45 countries.

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